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Cape Flattery Trail

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Cape Flattery Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sekiu, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 219 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Known for its sunsets, Cape Flattery is a nature sanctuary on the northwestern-most point in the continental United States where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific where sea meets dramatic headlands, sea stacks, and deep narrow coves. View seabirds, whales and sea lions too. Preserved by the Makah Indian Nation, the well-maintained trail leads through wet areas, along coastal cliffs and across boardwalks. Start through a mist-drenched forest of Sitka spruce. Utilizing boardwalks and steps, drop to a series of promontories that provide great vistas of rugged Cape Flattery. At 0.75 mile is the viewing platform where you can see the Cape Flattery lighthouse on Tatoosh Island. Birds include Puffins and guillemots. Murres nest in the fortress-like cliffs. Oyster-catchers search tidal pools. Sea otters can be seen in the protected coves. Whales can often be spotted farther out. The area is often draped in fog and receives over 100 inches of annual rainfall. Directly offshore, Tatoosh Island was named for a Makah chief, once serving as a summer fishing camp for the Makahs. The U.S. Coast Guard first constructed a lighthouse on the island in 1857, and the current structure is automated. Now only sea lions, seals, and seabirds live on Tatoosh.

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muddy
1 day ago

Beautiful views at the end! Try to get there on a sunny day if you can! I hiked this trail with my two dogs right after a day of rain so the trail was fairly muddy and slick in some spots.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Easy trail with great views. Be aware that you are required to purchase a recreation permit (we learned by accident as we refueled our vehicle) for $10. The permit allows you to park at the trailhead. PROCEED WITH CAUTION AT THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT. The speed limits change frequently and seem ARTIFICIALLY low. Law enforcement is present and they will cite you.

hiking
7 days ago

Great Trail. Well laid paths. Awesome views

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rocky
7 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Windy but beautiful hike.

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muddy
14 days ago

No doubt, hands down, worth the drive an short hike. The trail is only about a half mile from the parking. The first quarter mile is well maintained gravel WIDE walkway. The last quarter mile is via a narrow board walk thru the forest where there is a lot of water and marsh. The board walk is in need of repair in some spots but not dangerous. But once to the point, the views are SPECTACULAR. Take the time and visit the NW corner of the continental USA.

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muddy
15 days ago

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muddy
24 days ago

I agree that it is more of a moderate trail than an easy trail. We hiked it on a rainy day and found it muddy, differing path conditions (wood plank, rocky, dirt, mud). Easy down the trail but moderate back to the parking lot. Beautiful! Spectacular views!

hiking
26 days ago

Pretty simple hike to a beautiful view! Didn’t see any wildlife besides a bunch of birds, but still worth it! Slight downhill all the way there and slight uphill all the way back. As spry youngins in our 20s it only took about 12 mins to get there and 15 to get back.

hiking
1 month ago

We took six children and they went the whole way. Great views. Get a parking pass $10.

hiking
1 month ago

I would call this more of a moderate hike rather than easy. Fabulous!!! Even in the pouring rain!

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Easy trail. But slippery and muddy. There are narrow boardwalks in places and stairs. Boardwalks are just wide enough for one person so passing is tricky. Viewing platforms lean out for the best views at the point. Sea caves riddle the cliffs and this piece of land will collapse sometime in the future.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with amazing rock formations at the end and many viewing spots! There was a beautiful, very large mushroom on a tree by the trail that a couple pointed out to us on the way in that I photographed. Unfortunately it was gone on the way the way out! Someone must have taken it, which was very disappointing!

hiking
1 month ago

Great small hike with wonder views at the end! When we did this trail it was rainy, but even cloudy and rainy it was wonderful. Heading in is downhill, and back is uphill. Not too hard. You get to walk through a beautiful forest before coming out at the coast line. Trail is kept wonderfully. We did see a sea otter, and sea lion while enjoying the view as well. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

We last did this trail in 2001. At that time there was a dirt road from town all the way to the parking lot and the trail was wet and muddy. Now, the road is nicely paved and the trail to the point is built up out of the muck with lots of boardwalks. We were disappointed to not see seals or birds like last time, but I think that’s the difference between June and August with migratory patterns. Still just a gorgeous place with beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little trail. It was about a mile out and a mile back, so plan on just over total 2 miles. The views are stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is well marked and an easy walk. Perfect for dogs and children. Many look out places. There are many signs to lead you to the trailhead and the parking lot is easy to find. !!!MAKE SURE TO GET A PARKING PERMIT!!! You can find the permit in town before you get to the trailhead—it’s only $10 and can be found in many of the stores. We got ours at the Washburn’s General Store but other locations include: Makah Marina, Makah Mini Mart, Makah Tribal Center, and Hobuck Beach Resort.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy n pleasant trail. Absolutely beautiful scenery and view at the very tip end. The chance to see a whale swimming right below was the treat that topped it all!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, super easy. We hiked in with a pizza for sunset lol. Also donated money to keep a walking stick that the local natives made. So cute.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice and easy trail that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Some small portions of the trail may be difficult individuals with walkers but a hand and a little patience will get you around most of the minor obstacles on this trail. Go! It's absolutely beautiful. Animals: Ducks, eagles, dolphins, sea lions

hiking
2 months ago

Great walking trail, wonderland of beautiful wooden walkways, bridges and trails. Views are stunning. It's a short trail but take your time, there is so much to see.

hiking
2 months ago

More of a walk than a hike, to be honest. Several good viewpoints of an impressive location. Worth the visit if you’re also doing Shi Shi Beach.

hiking
2 months ago

A very nice short hike. The scenery was spectacular with the cliffs and waves hitting them. We also saw a sea otter in the water around Cape Flattery.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

From the parking lot it is a downhill easy trail that has been well maintained. Downhill all the way means that it is uphill all the way back. Short 30 minutes to the end. Great views of the coastline and the lighthouse. Wildlife can include seals, birds, otters and whales .

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views and easy hike! lots of boardwalks. The boardwalks didnt seem very dog friendly though with the large gaps. Lots of dog owners were having to carry their little dogs or stay off to the side.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a pretty easy trail taking you to awesome views of the cape. The parking is limited and this spot is very popular. Quite a drive if you are coming from Port Angeles. It was a bucket list item for me so I was ok to drive for 2.5 hours from Port Angeles. The views were totally worth it. Really pretty. Toilets are clean to use!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, but lots of people and the path was too narrow for people going out and coming back. But everyone was pleasant to step aside(or myself to step aside). There isn’t a lot of parking, I believe I got the last spot in the small lot.

hiking
3 months ago

The drive out to Neah Bay is well-worth it by driving winding roads next to the water. The trail has fun wooden logs as steps and has 3 lookouts. Make you you bring binoculars to see the Cape Flattery Lighthouse!

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